Welcome to Year 4

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Staffing

In Year 4 there are two classes.

In 4J the teacher is Mrs Jones and she is supported by Miss Read.

In 4F the teacher is Mrs Freeman and she is supported by Mrs Fannon.

If you have any questions or queries, please come and speak to us. We are more than happy to help.


Reading

  • Reading books and diaries should be in school every day and children should be heard read at least three times a week.
  • Regular reading will be rewarded with: stickers, house points and privilege cards.
  • Reading books will be quarantined upon return to school.

    P.E. Kits, Days and Forest School

    • P.E. is on a Tuesday and Thursday for both classes.
    • All children need to wear a white t-shirt, black shorts/joggers and black pumps.
    • Children should come to school dressed in their P.E. kit.

    Supporting your child at home…

    Home Learning Opportunities

    Homework will be sent home on Friday and is expected back in school the following Wednesday. Children who do not complete their homework will be expected to during school hours. 

    This half-term our topic is I am Warrior. A topic based on the Romans. Your learning will involve the following:

    • In Science, our focus is Sound so we will be learning about how we hear and investigating how to alter the pitch and volume of a sound. Music lessons will reinforce science learning for this half term too.
    • In History, learning will include the Roman Army and their tactics including some of the weapons they used, entertainment in Roman times including gladiators and chariot racing, life in Roman Britain for children and the technology the Romans brought to Britain including Hadrian’s Wall. We will also be learning about Boudicca who led her Celtic tribe with their uprising against the Romans.
    • In D.T., we will be designing, making and evaluating Roman chariots which need to move when pulled.

    We also look forward to seeing your child’s Home Learning projects. During these unusual times, we ask that your child brings in pictures of their creations or you can send them in via email. We will celebrate these in class and we will also share some of the pictures in a school assembly, typically the Monday before the end of the half-term.

    E-mail: homelearning@catshillfirst.worcs.sch.uk

    Roman Numerals

    Learn Roman numerals and write some calculations using Roman numerals for your friends to solve.

     

     

    Make a Volcano

    Look at the history behind the eruption in 37AD and make a volcano at home to recreate this. Have a go at using Science vocabulary to explain what happens when a volcano erupts.

     

     

    Roman Artefacts

    Look at Roman artefacts in detail at a local museum. Create a PowerPoint presentation showing the ones which interested you the most and information about them.

     

    Research

    Research Roman life using books from your local library. Which were the most useful? Recommend the best one to your classmates.

     

    Map work

    Try to find a map of Roman Britain. Find out some of the names of towns and cities. What are their modern names?

     

    Diary entry

    Write a diary entry as if you are a Roman soldier, a slave in a Roman Villa or a Celtic child. What is your typical day like?

     

    A Little bit of Latin

    Use an online translation tool to write well-known phrases in Latin, the language of the Romans. Perhaps you could write a birthday (or seasonal) greeting.

     

    Junk Modelling

    Create a Roman Villa out of junk materials such as cereal boxes. Use online images and pictures in non-fiction books to inspire the layout of your villa.

     

    Sketching

    Make a drawing of a Roman God or Goddess. Write a fact file or information about them.

     

    Maths

    To support your child with their maths here are some helpful hints:

    Every child has a login for our exciting new Times Tables Rockstars software. This allows your child to rehearse their times tables, play against other children and have fun with their Avatar. Please encourage your child to use the software and let us know if you have any problems accessing it.

    To support your child further with their maths in Year 4 here are some more helpful pointers:

    • Our focus this half term will be working with the place value of numbers up to 10,000 and formal standard methods of addition, subtraction, multiplication and division.
    • We are also focusing on the times tables with the children with the expectation that all the children will know their times tables, and related division facts by the time they leave Year 4. Our initial focus is 4, 8, 3, and 6 times tables before moving into the 9s. Ask your child to show you the 9 times table trick. Children in the current Year 4 will be sitting their Times Tables Check this academic year and we will let you have more information on this shortly.
    • Look out for our times tables sheet with the formal methods laid out on that back for your guidance.
    • We will be sending out weekly homework to consolidate learning; if you have any queries regarding this then please come and see your child’s class teacher. Usually the homework is related to that week’s learning but may recap previously taught topics.
    English
    How can you help your child in English? Here are some great ideas:
    • We are supporting a love of reading in the classroom by starting a ten minute period of quiet reading every afternoon. We are also encouraging the children to review the books they are reading and sharing this with their class
    • Our big writing focus for this half term is using prepositions, adverbs and a variety of openers to start our sentences. You can support your child by encouraging them to look for examples of these features in their reading books 
    • We are encouraging the children to write for pleasure at home so please send them in with any writing they complete at home as we love them to share it with their peers
    • For this topic, it would be valuable for them to read information texts about the Roman Empire to support their topic knowledge.